In a world of finite resources, expanding populations and widening structural inequalities, the ownership of things is increasingly contested. Not only are the commons being rapidly enclosed and privatized, but the very idea of what can be owned is expanding, generating conflicts over the ownership of resources, ideas, culture, people, and even parts of people. Understanding processes of ownership and appropriation is not only central to anthropological theorizing but also has major practical applications, for policy, legislative development and conflict resolution.Ownership and Appropriation significantly extends anthropology's long-term concern with property by focusing on everyday notions and acts of owning and appropriating. The chapters document the relationship between ownership, subjectivities and personhood; they demonstrate the critical consequences of materiality and immateriality on what is owned; and they examine the social relations of property. By approaching ownership as social communication and negotiation, the text points to a more dynamic and processual understanding of property, ownership and appropriation.

chapter 1|19 pages


Ownership and Appropriation
ByMark Busse, Veronica Strang

part Part One|107 pages

Subjects, Personhood and Peoplehood

chapter 2|19 pages

Sharing, Stealing and Borrowing Simultaneously

ByMarilyn Strathern

chapter 3|22 pages

On Having Achieved Appropriation

Anak Berprestasi in Kepri, Indonesia
ByNicholas J. Long

chapter 4|21 pages

Appropriating an Authentic Bodily Practice from Japan

On 'Being There', 'Having Been There' and 'Virtually Being There'
ByTamara Kohn

chapter 5|18 pages

Dreaming in Thread

From Ritual to Art and Property(s) Between
ByKatie Glaskin

chapter 6|23 pages

'Possessing Culture'

Political Economies of Community Subjects and their Properties
ByRosemary J. Coombe

part Two|108 pages

Materiality and Immateriality

chapter 7|18 pages

Cultural Appropriation

ByEdward Taihakurei Durie KNZM

chapter 8|22 pages

One Hundred Years of Land Reform on the Gazelle Peninsula

A Baining Point of View
ByColin Filer, Michael Lowe

chapter 9|25 pages

Fluid Forms

Owning Water in Australia
ByVeronica Strang

chapter 10|19 pages

Appropriating Fish, Appropriating Fishermen

Tradable Permits, Natural Resources and Uncertainty
ByMonica Minnegal, Peter Dwyer

chapter 11|20 pages

Can't Find Nothing on the Radio

Radio Spectrum Policy and Governance in Nepal
ByMichael Wilmore, Pawan Prakash Upreti

part Part Three|50 pages

Ownership as Social Communication

chapter 12|21 pages

The Village That Wasn't There

Appropriation, Domination and Resistance
ByAdam Kaul

chapter 13|26 pages

'Not Just Pretty Pictures'

Relative Autonomy and the Articulations of Yolngu Art in its Contexts
ByHoward Morphy